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SubjectRe: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3
On Jun 15, 2007, Theodore Tso <> wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 08:20:19PM -0300, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> So, you see, your statement above, about wanting to be able to use
>> other people's improvements, cannot be taken without qualification.

> No. Linus and other Linux kernels might *want* to take other people's
> improvements, but thanks to Richard Stallman's choices for GPLv3, they
> can *not* legally take other people's improvements without violating
> the GPLv3 license.

This argument is backwards. It's because of Linus' choice for GPLv2
that he can't take improvements under the GPLv3.

Had he chosen any other GPLv3-compatible license, he could.

And the same applies to any other incompatible pair of licenses.

Alexandre Oliva
FSF Latin America Board Member
Red Hat Compiler Engineer aoliva@{,}
Free Software Evangelist oliva@{,}
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